India become first team to have top 5 batters with 50 plus scores in single WC match

India achieved a feat and became the first team in a World Cup edition where every batsman in the top five scored fifty-plus runs in an ODI innings. The milestone was achieved in the 45th match of the ODI World Cup 2023 against the Netherlands at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.

After India’s innings against the Netherlands in Bengaluru, the ‘Men in Blue’ became the second team to score the best batting order in the fifties. Earlier the record was held by Australia, the Aussies achieved twice against India in 2013 and 2020.

However, India became the first team in the World Cup where all batsmen in the top 5 scored 50+ runs in an ODI innings.

After India’s 410/4 against the Netherlands, Rohit Sharma’s side became the fifth team with the highest team totals in the ODI World Cup. South Africa remain top of the list after their 428/5 against Sri Lanka in Delhi.

The ‘Men in Blue’ achieved another landmark in most half-centuries for India in a single edition of the World Cup on Sunday. In the 2023 edition of the prestigious tournament, the host country reached 20 half-centuries.

Coming to the match, India won the toss and elected to bat first. They posted 410/4 in the first innings. Shreyas Iyer (128* in 94 balls with 10 fours and five sixes) and KL (102) led India’s attack on the Netherlands. But hits from Rohit Sharma (61 in 54 balls with eight fours and two sixes), Shubman Gill (51 in 32 balls, with three fours and four sixes) and Virat Kohli (51 in 56 balls, with five fours and a six) were Bas de Leede (2/82) was the main receiver for the Netherlands. Paul Van Meekeren (1/90) and Roelof van der Merwe (1/53) also took a wicket each.

India need to defend 411 runs to achieve nine wins in nine matches and end the league stage on a high and Netherlands need to score these runs to clinch the ICC Champions Trophy. (ANI)

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